Social experiment

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A social experiment is a research project conducted with human subjects in the real world. It typically investigates the effects of a policy intervention by randomly assigning individuals, families, businesses, classrooms, or other units to different treatments or to a controlled condition that represents the status quo.[1] Social experimentation has raised many ethical concerns, due to its manipulation of large groups of the population, often without consent.[2]

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  1. Thomas D. Cook and Donald T. campbell (1979): Quasi-experimentation: Design and Analysis Issues for Field Settings. Houghton Mifflin, ISBN 978-0-39-530790-8
  2. Humphreys, Macartan (2015-06-01). "Reflections on the Ethics of Social Experimentation" (in en). Journal of Globalization and Development 6 (1). doi:10.1515/jgd-2014-0016. ISSN 1948-1837.